Once you spend a few minutes looking at a Vintage Art Deco diamond ring you simple become mesmerized. The craftsmanship alone showcases the amazing work man was able to do in the 1920s-1940s. This was a time when we lacked in computers, machine-precision tools, etc. A piece like the image shown is pure art. David & I have found ourselves in awe of the vintage rings. Over the past few years, we have proudly collected a large selection of vintage art deco diamond rings. We have come to know the work well and for that reason when a piece like this makes its way into the store our jewelers know how to bring it back to its original being. This beautiful vintage diamond ring belongs to our good friend, Leslie. Leslie, brought it in to Malka Diamonds a few weeks back. The shank (band) part of the ring had cracked. This was actually the third time the shank had broken which meant it was time to restore the ring. The piece is three rings soldered together. This was quite common. People would have "guard-style" bands created to place on either side of the ring. The practice was most common in the late 40s. So in this incident, the two "guard-style" on this ring were made of 18 karat white gold. The engagement ring however is in platinum which was more common in the 20s and 30s. This center ring houses the large diamond center and is crafted in platinum. This ring was given to Leslie's maternal grandmother, Ruth. She wore it for 51 years as her wedding ring. Married at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle on September 10, 1933 to Manton J. Spear. The original stone was removed in 1984 after Manton passed. It was given to their son and the ring itself was given to Leslie. Leslie tucked the ring into her safe deposit box.
Years later, Leslie met Rich. Rich requested the ring and purchased a cushion-cut diamond to be set in the center. Leslie saw the ring for the first time again on her wedding day. They were married March 26, 2005 at Congregation Beth Israel.
This month the two celebrate their 10 year anniversary. It's timely that the restoring of this stunning 82-year-old heirloom vintage ring is now. We are pleased to be part of bringing it back to its original beauty. Thank you Leslie & Rich for choosing Malka Diamonds and for sharing your story.